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A Modern Dry-Fly Code [Hardcover]

Vincent C. Marinaro
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Sept. 1 1997
A Modern Dry-Fly Code has been described as "the best angling work of the last half century" and "the first original American contribution to fly fishing." It is a towering classic - intense, knowledgeable, and written with exacting care. Forty-seven years ago, when it was first published, it was far ahead of its time; today its insights into the behavior patterns of insects and feeding trout, its development of new and highly effective fly-fishing techniques, and its dramatic innovations in dry-fly dressing will remain valid and highly effective. Marinaro's reevaluation of the importance of terrestrial insects and his development of such patterns as the Jassid, the Ant, and the Pontoon Hopper expand the fly-fishing season far beyond the traditional period. His patterns, shown in full color, are widely acclaimed and used with striking success throughout the country. His valuable streamside studies remain models for anyone who would observe the most mysterious and intriguing of fish - the trout. Finally, A Modern Dry-Fly Code presents the first complete treatise on America's now-famous limestone waters, a generous ratio of practical lore and engaging reminiscence, and a profound rationale for the art of fly fishing. (53/4 X 81/2, 298 pages, color photos, b&w photos, illustrations)

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A Modern Dry-Fly Code has been described as "the best angling work of the last half century" and "the first original American contribution to fly fishing." It is a towering classic - intense, knowledgeable, and written with exacting care. Forty-seven years ago, when it was first published, it was far ahead of its time; today its insights into the behavior patterns of insects and feeding trout, its development of new and highly effective fly-fishing techniques, and its dramatic innovations in dry-fly dressing will remain valid and highly effective.Marinaro's reevaluation of the importance of terrestrial insects and his development of such patterns as the Jassid, the Ant, and the Pontoon Hopper expand the fly-fishing season far beyond the traditional period. His patterns, shown in full color, are widely acclaimed and used with striking success throughout the country. His valuable streamside studies remain models for anyone who would observe the most mysterious and intriguing of fish - the trout.Finally, A Modern Dry-Fly Code presents the first complete treatise on America's now-famous limestone waters, a generous ratio of practical lore and engaging reminiscence, and a profound rationale for the art of fly fishing. (53/4 X 81/2, 298 pages, color photos, b&w photos, illustrations)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the definitive work Jan. 30 2000
Format:Hardcover
While this book is now 50 years old, it is still the definitive American work on spring creek fishing. At the time of the writing, it is true, Marinaro was unaware of U.S. spring creeks outside of Pennsylvania, this does not diminish its value.
He realized that this type of fishing was firmly rooted in the 19th century English chalkstream traditions, and built a solid work upon this foundation.
Some of what he says, in reference to flies, is either dated or irrelevant to most anglers, and his neglect of the sunken fly will disappoint a few, but his tactics cannot be faulted. Indeed, strategies touted as the most modern are clearly described, along with their pros and cons, unlike the treatment given them in some current works.
A fine piece of literature, as well as one of the most significant angling books of the 2oth century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the definitive work Jan. 30 2000
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Format:Hardcover
While this book is now 50 years old, it is still the definitive American work on spring creek fishing. At the time of the writing, it is true, Marinaro was unaware of U.S. spring creeks outside of Pennsylvania, this does not diminish its value.
He realized that this type of fishing was firmly rooted in the 19th century English chalkstream traditions, and built a solid work upon this foundation.
Some of what he says, in reference to flies, is either dated or irrelevant to most anglers, and his neglect of the sunken fly will disappoint a few, but his tactics cannot be faulted. Indeed, strategies touted as the most modern are clearly described, along with their pros and cons, unlike the treatment given them in some current works.
A fine piece of literature, as well as one of the most significant angling books of the 2oth century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR TROUT ANGLING April 17 2012
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I have been fishing for trout for some 50 years, mostly utilizing spinning equipment, but also fly fishing. I have never learned so much about fishing trout (be it fly fishing or spinning) as from this book. Highly recommended for anybody serious about trout freshwater angling in particular and observation of insect and fish behavior in general. And: Don't let it influence you that the book was written more than 60 years ago, it is still up to date!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for the spring creek anglers July 9 2014
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The founding father of terrestrial fishing. Need I say more?
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